Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3-4 years
Credit Hours:

63 with prior Master's78 with prior Bachelor's
Education isn't limited to what happens within the walls of a school.
Focuses on individual growth and development across the lifespan as well as interpersonal interactions within the family context; this concentration also provides advanced study in developmental and family theory; social, emotional, and cognitive development; marriage and family relationships; and diversity in multiple forms and contexts.

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Why Earn a Human Development and Family Science Educational Psychology Ph.D.?

At the University of North Texas, the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Psychology focuses on generating sophisticated data for key decision-makers. The data can be used:

  • By faculty members to advance other fields using critical research methods and develop new approaches
  • To demonstrate the value of programs serving children and families or social policy
  • To help corporations remain competitive

The Department of Educational Psychology offers challenging coursework that examines human development, family studies and policy.

Marketable Skills
  • Synthesize and apply relevant literature
  • Advanced research methods/statistical analysis
  • Provide technical assistance to agencies
  • Advanced oral and written communication
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to improve outcomes

Human Development and Family Science Educational Psychology Ph.D. Highlights

Our faculty members obtain grants, write books and publish scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles, and have been recognized by or serve as officers and leaders for many national, international and regional academic professional organizations.
We provide you opportunities to present research at national and regional conferences, publish journal articles, apply for grants and participate in professional activities with faculty mentors.
The College of Education is also one of Texas' top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals.
You have the opportunity to collaborate with scholars in the department's other graduate programs, such as the special education program.
Additional research opportunities exist at our up-to-date observational laboratory, a testing and computerized data analysis laboratory.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, which means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education.

What Can You do With a Human Development and Family Science Educational Psychology Ph.D.?

  • Advocacy and public policy
  • Child life (in hospital settings)
  • Early childhood intervention
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Healthcare and family wellness
  • Human and/or community service agencies
  • Nonprofit and non-governmental organizations
  • Parent, family life or relationship education
  • School districts or communities in the schools

Human Development and Family Science Educational Psychology Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Human Development Across the Life Span (3 hrs)
Processes and stages that individuals undergo as they progress from birth through old age and death are studied from a human ecological perspective. Developmental tasks and concepts are explored.
Cognitive and Language Development (3 hrs)
Comprehensive developmental sequence of cognitive development and language acquisition from birth through adulthood, focusing on theories and research related to cognitive, perceptual and language development, as well as relationships between language and thought.
Application of Developmental Theories in Research (3 hrs)
Scholarly application of theory to research regarding growth and change across the lifespan, including an ecological perspective. A review of socio-historical influences on theory development as well as practical issues associated with operationalization of theories and their use in professional and research settings.
Social-Emotional Development (3 hrs)
Comprehensive developmental sequence of social and emotional development from birth through adulthood. Focuses on both theory and research pertaining to the development, expression, and regulation of emotions as well as intra- and interpersonal issues of social development.
Diversity in Individuals, Families and Schools (3 hrs)
Effects of cultural, ethnic, gender, linguistic, religious and developmental differences on teaching, learning, development, and adjustment of children and families. Educational, psychological, attitudinal, social, legal and political issues in diversity. Necessity of attention to diversity and acculturation within educational and social organizations.
Foundations of Educational Psychology (3 hrs)
History of educational psychology, advanced philosophical and empirical foundations of learning, cognition, development, individual differences; applications to teaching and learning contexts.

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